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SubjectRe: [RFC net-next 6/8] net: phylink: Configure MAC/PCS when link is up without PHY
On Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 11:12:05AM +0000, Jose Abreu wrote:
> Hi Russell,
> Please check bellow for another possibility. On this one I moved almost
> everything to PHYLINK, except the HW related logic which is still in XPCS
> module.

I think this is going a little too far; it has the effect of limiting
phylink to using one PCS, but a device may have multiple PCS attached
to the MAC subsystem.

I know that mvpp2's network interfaces are a bit like that - there is
the 10/100/1G/2.5G MAC+PCS subsystem, and an entirely separate 10G
MAC+XPCS/MPCS subsystem which are switched between on the fly.

Similar is true on the LX2160A (which is what I've been working on
over the last week, having dug out some additional information on it
that was hidden inside the PDFs - reference manual PDFs within other
reference manual PDFs is not a nice way to provide documentation -
unless you stumble over the internal link to the file in the outer
PDF, you have no idea that the sub-documentation even exists.)

There, there is one MAC, but there are multiple different PCS - one
for SGMII and 1000base-X, another for 10G, another for 25G, etc.
These PCS are accessed via a MDIO adapter embedded in each of the
MAC hardware blocks.

LX2160A provides some additional complexities at the moment as we
don't yet know whether it's possible to reconfigure the Serdes on
the fly to switch between the various speeds, so we can't get
dynamically switch between (SGMII, 1000base-X), 10G, 25G, 40G,
100G - but a request has been put into NXP before Christmas to see
what would be possible.

So, right now I don't like the idea that we have this probing
mechanism bolted into phylink for PCS PHYs - I think that's a
decision that the MAC driver needs to be making.

Now, you've introduced this phylink_pcs_ops thing - which is similar
to a patch that I've had in my tree for a few weeks while working on
this issue. As I've already said to you, the issue you currently
have affects multiple people, and I've been working on solving it
in a way that *isn't* specific to one particular hardware - but with
an overview of all the problems that everyone has.

Plus, it's not like we need to rush - we're in the middle of a merge
window right now, so we have about three months before the code will
ultimately be merged into mainline. We might as well use that time
to work out a solution that doesn't mess up someone else.

Much of the prototype stuff for the LX2160A, including some revised
patches I've sent out during January, are available in my "cex7" and
"phy" branches - but not yet the mac_ops vs pcs_ops bits, which I'm
still working on. What is in the "cex7" branch is fairly close to
being split into separate MAC / PCS operations, but I haven't yet
moved out my MAC / PCS operations split patches yet.

Now, one of the important changes which may not be obvious from those
branches is the way we pass the link state to the MAC and PCS.
Currently, that was only available via mac_config(), which assumes an
integrated MAC / PCS solution - mac_config() will not be called
(intentionally) for in-band links where no PHY is attached, and I don't
want to change that for several reasons. Instead, the link_up()
methods get passed the resolved state, and this is the state that a
split MAC / PCS setup should be using to configure the MAC or PCS
when the link comes up. All fields are guaranteed to be the resolved
state, so no SPEED_UNKNOWN / DUPLEX_UNKNOWN issues unless something
has gone wrong elsewhere - which is one of the other reasons for this,
various users have been having issues due to those passed to

It's not production-ready yet, but I will continue working on it
over the coming week.

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